Kickass Torrents Clone Up: Can A Petition Save Creator Artem Vaulin?
It’s not even been 24 hours since the pulling down of Kickass Torrents (KAT) via an international sting operation, but it looks like there is a clone already of KAT on its website isoHunt.Advertisement
Though the new Kickass Torrents looks original, a closer inspection shows it is just a mirror of the original website. “It’s not perfect but if users need to save and archive something it’s time. We don’t know how long it can last, but at least it’s something,” said the isoHunt team, speaking to Venture Beat.
Team isoHunt has also warned people not to get too attached to KAT mirror. They added that the KAT mirror is not as “robust” as the original website. Team isoHunt is currently hosting files from the last one-and-a-half years. Hence everything is not available on the KAT mirror website.
However, people who are regular users of the website have an opportunity to archive and save things they did not have time to do earlier. But, no forum, community, or support is available to users.
The isoHunt team is encouraging users to come to the rescue of the alleged Kickass Torrents creator Artem Vaulin by signing a petition on Change.org. But chances of Vaulin being saved are very low, as the U.S. is seeking for his extradition.
The 30-year-old from Kharkiv, Ukraine, was arrested in Poland on Wednesday. He has been charged with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering, Variety reports.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time the team at isoHunt has come to the rescue of the pirating community. The team created a mirror of the popular Torrent site, The Pirate Bay in December 2014, after it was pulled down due to police raid in Sweden. They even went to the extent of hosting new content on the website.
KAT since its launch in 2008, has made available a directory that lets users illegally download movies, TV shows, video games, music and other media collectively worth an estimated $1 billion. Since its inception, KAT has attracted more than 50 million unique monthly visitors, according to officials.